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3090 FE RMA opinion?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by tintin82, 21 Aug 2021.

  1. ZXSpekky48k

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    Amazed you can have sag with three screws holding it in!
     
  2. mushta

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    I don’t think it’s actually sag from the whole GPU itself and it’s screwed it properly and secure.

    The metal heat sinks underneath are a separate piece and applying pressure gives it better contact with the card itself. If you see what I mean haha

    For example, if I apply pressure on the silver part of the card right at the edge, there is no temperature decrease.
     
  3. ZXSpekky48k

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    Ah ok it does then seem like a design fault rather than it detaching from the pcie slot which I assumed was what people meant
     
  4. xPETEZx

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    I only changed the rear pads, and for those I used 1.5mm. I wouldn't have thought that would improve contact on the front of the card though. And I can only think that adding a support improves contact for the front pads.

    There is a lot of hersay about warranty and changing pads. The offical line from nVidia of course is that if you open or modify the card in anyway, your warranty is void.
    However, I have not personally seen a single instance of nVidia refusing an RMA for any reason.
    In one case on this board a user even admitted to them he had opened the card. In another reddit case, the user simply didnt mention the changed pads.
    Personally, I tend to believe that nVidia operates by simply not checking.
    If a card comes to them that appears physically perfect, and fails its bench testing I imagine they just move on and approve the RMA, send a replacement.
    I could only see them rejecting a claim if either the user admits they modified the card to them when opening the claim, or the card arrives at nVidia obviously damaged or modified.
    If I ever need to RMA my card, I certainly wont mention the changed pads. IF nVidia then tried to reject my claim based on changed pads, Id put up a fight. Hoping they back down. But yes, I would say the risk exists they dont and I am out of pocket. Still, I consider that risk to be miniscule.

    Thats just my $0.02 on it.
     
  5. tommoT.Striker

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    Hmmm, this is a very interesting thread and i'm going to see if squeezing the GPU reduces temps for my vertically mounted 3090. I have bought Thermalright Thermal Pads already as i'm ready to risk it. If it is a crappy contact issue i'd rather address that than take apart the GPU, but shall see after testing the OP's trick.
     
  6. mushta

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    Please let me know!
     
  7. Major774

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    Keep us updated.

    I am going to stock up on G clamps and scalp them :D
     
  8. tommoT.Striker

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    So I tried it last night, and with a firm squeeze of both the top and bottom parts of the card near the center gave a 10 Degree drop in memory temps! Tested this running a mining load. To me that's a result! Couldn't hold it for too long because the card is so hot. Now I will be trying it with clamps or anything that can apply enough pressure.

    Maybe not everyone has a condom induced thermal issues in their GPUs? I'll try getting some clamps to see if it can show a consistent drop in temps and put the thermal pads to one side for now.
     
  9. wunkley

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    This is a brilliant discovery mate, and actually looks ok too. It's crazy we 3090Fe owners have to even consider doing **** like this, but if it works I'm keen to try it out (and the card is so huge and heavy it can't hurt to have extra support for it really anyway!)

    Can you please tell me where you got these exact support braces from?
     
  10. tommoT.Striker

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    Couldn't get the temps consistently down by applying pressure to the GPU. There probably is a contact issue because if you do it the right spot temps do drop. But I've decided to repad. Ordered some Gelid Extreme pads and will return the Thermal Right ones. Fingers crossed it all goes well. If it you're using Lego or some other support instead, that's great. Saves you time and any concerns.
     
  11. mushta

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    Just from a popular auction site! Typed in GPU brace
     
  12. mushta

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    Just from a popular auction site! Typed in GPU brace
     
  13. wunkley

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    thanks bud!
    Do you really need 2 or will one do the job?
     
  14. mushta

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    1 will get you 90% of the way there
     
  15. wunkley

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    Nice one, will just try one first.
    Do you put anything between the brace and the card itself to protect the cards surface?
     
  16. mushta

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    The braces have rubber on both ends
     
  17. wunkley

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    Perfect. Ordered, thanks bud. Will try to report back here with findings when I get it.
     
  18. subbytna

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    I'm more concerned about the red and black cables:o...than the brace :D
     
  19. scubes

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    I remember my gigabyte 2080ti doing something similar it had to be rmaed due to black screens I was getting .but ocuk rma it with out issue .all my rmas went smoothly .
     
  20. andybird123

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    the 3080ti is basically a 3090 in a 3080 skin, so it draws nearly as much power as a 3090 but has the cooler from the 3080